The feast of the Queenship of Our Lady was instituted by Pope Pius XII on the 11th October 1954.
The feast was originally celebrated on the last day of the Marian month- 31st May. The initial ceremony for this feast involved the crowning of the ‘Salus Populi Romani’ icon of the Virgin Mary in Rome by Pius XII as part of a procession in Rome.
In 1969 Pope Paul VI moved the feast day to the 22nd of August as he wanted to correlate the Solemnity of the Assumption and the Queenship of Our Lady to emphasise the important connection between Mary’s crowning and her glorification in body and soul next to her Son.
The Second Vatican Council’s Constitution on the Church states that “Mary was taken up body and soul into heavenly glory, and exalted by the Lord as Queen of the universe, that she might be the more fully conformed to her Son” (Lumen Gentium, 59)
Hail, holy Queen, Mother of Mercy!
Hail our life, our sweetness, and our hope!
To thee do we cry, poor banished
children of Eve, to thee do we send
up our sighs, mourning and weeping
in this valley, of tears.
Turn, then, most gracious advocate,
thine eyes of mercy toward us; and
after this our exile show unto us the
blessed fruit of thy womb Jesus;
O clement, O loving, O sweet virgin Mary.
Pray for us, O holy Mother of God
That we may be made worthy of the
promises of Christ.
OUR LADY QUEEN OF HEAVEN AND EARTH, PRAY FOR US.
OUR LADY QUEEN OF PEACE, PRAY FOR US.